Join scholars Shirley Paulson and Brandon Scott for this lecture on how to get one’s mind around the fact that there were no Christians in the first two centuries after Jesus.
It goes straight at the lack of the words “Christian” or Christianity” in almost all of writings of the first two centuries. And, it re-thinks the very few places that “Christian” occurs in these writings and what the few Greek and Latin words that have been mistranslated “Christian” in the first two centuries actually mean.
Finally—and crucially—this lecture examines the emerging words of the first two centuries that were used instead of “Christian.”
Chapter Two is the primary place that this lecture comes from; but almost every other chapter ends up helping get beyond the words “Christian” and “Christianity” into the wild and diverse experiences of the many different communities and movements.